Shaping San Francisco Talk featuring K. Ruby Blume of the Institute for Urban Homesteading in Oakland, Esperanza Pallana of pluckandfeather.com and the East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance, and Melinda Stone from Howtohomestead.org. A wide ranging discussion on what urban homesteading is, how one gets started, what some of the principles and philosophies underlying it are, and much more. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: urban homesteading, urban agriculture, food, urban game, rabbits, bees, food security, food...
From the "Nature in the City" series of Shaping San Francisco Talks at CounterPULSE, this one features speakers on cleaning up after the military, restoring the former military bases around the San Francisco Bay. Chris Carlsson, host, Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, and Ruth Gravanis, coordinator of the Treasure Island wetlands project, Arthur Feinstein chair of the SF Bay Joint Venture. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: San Francisco, Treasure Island, Alameda Wildlife Preserve, birds, wetlands
Art & Politics: Literary Treasures of the North MissionPoets, painters, writers, and other cultural and literary denizens of the single-room-occupancy hotels of the North Mission, especially the Royan, the Crown, the Albion, and others, will be remembered, regaled, and recited. San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia reminisces and recites, bringing in literary heroes of the past decades. Topics: Literary San Francisco, poets, poetry, Valencia, 16th Street, North Mission, Royan Hotel, Albion...
With urban homesteading all the rage and backyard and vacant lot food production on the rise it appears we're taking big steps toward encouraging self-sufficiency in the Bay Area.Â For sure people's requirements for connection to their food has changed.Â But how much do the popular local underground food movements fit within a concept of food security, within a drive to control one's own food sources as in food sovereignty?Â How much are they used as a stepping stone into the market for... Topics: urban agriculture, food, farmers markets, food justice, food security, food sovereignty,...
Sirron Norris has been splashing his satirical cartoon characters around the Mission and San Francisco for years. From biting social commentary to whimsical commercial art, his work spans a range that challenges the boundaries of art and politics. Topics: art, murals, cartoons, cartoon literalism, tagging, graffiti, Mission District, commercial art,...
-by"Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
Episode 1: "Attitude Adjustment Seminar" 30 minutes. :16 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:08 "Bad Attitude" theme written and performed by Janice Leiber :15 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:16 Sorry I'm Late by Pam Tranfield, voice Janice Leiber 2:24 Manuscript Found in a Typewriter by Christopher Winks, voice Terry Hawkins 1:05 Keep Jane's Fingers Dancing! by Adam Cornford, voices Adam and Janice 1:30 Letter: Bosso in The Can by R.M.-Atlanta, voice Karen Balke :20 Letter: Out... Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
If we're to believe the mainstream media, the Occupy movement came out of nowhere and represents a new kind of politics. But we should be skeptical of such claims. Social movements scholar Barbara Epstein was a participant in the nonviolent direct action movements of the 1970s and '80s. She describes how they incorporated consensus-based decision-making, radical egalitarianism, and prefigurative politics. And she examines how their strengths and weaknesses have been passed down to Occupy.... Topics: anti-nuclear, anti-war, Livermore Action Group, Abalone Alliance, Occupy, Direct Action, blockade,...
Dramatized account of land theft by newly arriving Americans, as told by a female member of the De Haro clan, originally recorded by Haight Ashbury Community Radio project, 1980. Topics: land grabs, Spanish Land Grants, Mexican period, ranchos
San Francisco artist and muralist Brian Barneclo is all about making connections. In his Systems and Foodchain murals, bold images in motion - almost like stills from a film - link natural and creative processes to show complex processes of interconnectivity. From Nopa to Shotwell to Mission Bay to iPad cases, Brian's quick and direct strokes amplify the cityscape with one of his own creation. Come have a conversation with Brian as he shows and talks about his work with us. Topics: art, murals, public space
The Twin Peaks Bioregion is the hilly heart of San Franciscoâthe top of the city's watershedsâfrom the oak woodlands of Golden Gate Park to Glen Canyon, and from Hawk Hill to Buena Vista Park. Nature in the City has been talking for a couple of years about the heart of the city as a special place to which we should pay attention. Our vision for a Twin Peaks Bioregional Park would consolidate 10-12 different City jurisdictions into one management entity for the protection, restoration and... Topics: Restoration, Nature, Cities, habitat, butterflies, wild corridors, native plants
Excerpt from an 1850s song popular in San Francisco, having to do with the freeing of Archy Lee from jail. He had been seized by fugitive slave bounty hunters but a mob set him free. This rendition by Blackberry, recorded in 1980 for the Haight Ashbury Community Radio project. Topics: slavery, song, 1850s, San Francisco
Founded in 1886 by Unitarian (who moved rapidly leftwards!) Charles H. Kerr, the Charles H Kerr Publishing Co. has been a mainstay of non-sectarian left publishing, and culture since its inception. The first to publish Marx's Capital in English, and the pre-eminent publisher of the IWW for the last century, please join Kerr Co. biographer Allen Ruff in interrogating, analyzing and celebrating the previous 115, and looking forward to the next. Allen Ruff is an independent writer, and researcher.... Topics: Charles H. Kerr publishing, Midwest radicalism, Wisconsin, Madison, public workers, occupations
Shaping San Francisco Talks series, Oct 14 2010: Kim Stanley Robinson, Terry Bisson, Gary Phillips. It's only a story; or is it? Fantasy, Science Fiction and Noir conspire as three of PM Press's Outspoken Authors series discuss the problems, pitfalls and possibilities of writing fiction from a revolutionary perspective. Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo-winning author of Red Mars and Galileoâs Dream. Terry Bisson is an award winning short story writer and the biographer of Mumia Abu Jamal and... Topics: Writing, novels, politics, revolution, noir, crime, science fiction, genre, science
Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project dramatizes the sensibilities of the turn of the 19th-to-20th century Employers' Association, an organization bent on destroying labor unions. Topics: Employers Association, class war, 19th century
One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry... Topics: E-book, pdf, Kindle, Amazon, publishing, books, self-publishing, New York publishing, agents
Longtime environmental writer and journalist Harold Gilliam sits down for an Ecology Emerges interview conducted by Chris Carlsson, Nov. 2 2009, covering his life from childhood in Los Angeles to his time at the Interior Dept. in Washington during the early 1960s, to his many years at the SF Chronicle. Gilliam was a witness to the founding of Save the Bay, he was a reporter on the freeway revolt, and helped prevent a bridge being built from Telegraph Hill to Angel Island. Topics: ecology, journalism, Save the Bay, Interior Department
Phoned-in first-hand account broadcast on KPFA during the May 5, 1971 Mayday riot in downtown San Francisco. Digitized from reel-to-reel tape recorded by H.K. Yuen. Topics: riot, police, violence, 1971, May Day, radio, KPFA, Vietnam
Claude Everhart, a founder of Friends of Candlestick, describes the public process that led to the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area as a natural park on the bayshore, built on landfill, created by community input and control. Topics: Candlestick Point, San Francisco, state parks, public participation, community input
40+ minutes of live sound recorded in the Gartland Pit, 16th and Valencia, San Francisco's Mission District, Sept. 1987. Tom Jennings and Shred of Dignity are featured, and many anonymous commenters over the punk show in the background. Topics: Gartland pit, landlord arson, Mission District, 16th and Valencia, police, punks, music, 1987
From the book "Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" author Alejandro Murguia reads an excerpt describing the weekly occupations of the Nicaraguan consulate in the Flood Building in the late 1970s. Topics: Nicaragua, Sandinistas, consulate, Flood Building
Dramatization of Irish couple arguing over the anti-Chinese agitation in San Francisco in 1877. Original recording by Haight Ashbury Community Radio project, 1980. Topics: Irish, Chinese, labor, capitalists, racism
Dramatized excerpt of Father Yorke speech during 1901 City Front Federation strike in San Francisco. Originally produced by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project in 1980. Topics: labor, capital, irish, Yorke
A Shaping San Francisco Talk held at CounterPULSE in San Francisco on Wed., January 20, 7:30pm, Free Patricia Rodriguez, Mujeres Muralistas and former Mission Cultural Center curator. Rodriguez has been involved in San Franciscoâs public art movement as an original member of Mujeres Muralistas and as an anchor from her home on Balmy Alley during the 1970s and 1980s to that remarkable flowering of public art, of which she was a major participant. Sheâs a window into the Chicano art and... Topics: Murals, public art, chicana, feminism, Mission District, Art Institute, teaching, La Raza, Balmy...
Susan Greene is a public artist, activist, educator and clinical psychologist. Her practice straddles a range of cultural arenas, focusing on borders, migrations, decolonization and memory. Greene is one of four Jewish American women artists who in 1989 founded the ongoing âBreak the Silence Mural Projectâ in solidarity with Palestine. This was part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE, held May 27, 2009. Topics: Art, politics, murals, borders, migrations, decolonization, Palestine, Israel
-by"Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
1:12 Twist of Fate by Jonathan Leake, voice D.S. Black :27 To NASA with Love by Linda Thomas, voice Janice 1:29 Opinions by Adam Cornford, voice Adam :35 Missing Work by William Talcott, voice Terry 1:20 Why I Can't Work by Bridget Reilly, voice Michelle Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
Devendra Sharma (Performing Diaspora) and Jaysi Chander (physician and kathak dancer/tabla player/poet and activist) discuss important issues surrounding the Bay Area Indian community. Topics include: immigration politics, women in forced marriage, Indian Invitro industry, political economy of Silicon Valley and Indian outsourcing industries. Topics: India, South Asia, dance, Performing Diaspora, Silicon Valley, marriage, immigration, outsourcing
Part two of a four-part public discussion program based on 23 oral history interviews with local ecological activists. with Sam Schuchat (California Coastal Conservancy), Kirsten Schwind (Bay Localize), Harold Gilliam (SF Chronicle, SF Examiner) at Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St, SF co-sponsored by the SF History Center Examining the Bay Area as a demonstration area and incubator of experiments that shaped the national and international ecological movements. What is the... Topics: Ecology, Bay Area, San Francisco, conservation, environmentalism, urbanism, regionalism
Yolanda Lopez, Judy Drummond and Donna Amador cover the dynamic history of Los Siete de la Raza and Mission District politics of the 1970s. Yolanda dissects the popular iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the context of racially exploitative advertising over the past few decades, to reveal her own creative processes that have produced beautiful "Virgin"-inspired representations of working Chicana women and more. Topics: Los Siete, Mission District, 1960s, Third World, San Francisco State, Basta Ya!, Centro de Salud,...
"Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join four of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible Double, David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times said,"...here we have the essence of... Topics: Noir, Crime, Fiction, politics, history, urban life, cities, San Francisco, work, day jobs
An historical look at how San Franciscans have fought for a human-centered city. From saving Telegraph Hill, stopping freeways, and resisting development, the corporate agenda has been thwarted again and again. Today new movements are again contesting the direction of the city. Chris Carlsson, host, and Calvin Welch, housing activist, in this episode. Topic: San Francisco, landfill, sand dunes, creeks, wetlands, freeway revolt, earthquakes, housing,...
A discussion of African liberation movements and decolonialization from 1945 to the present, of political problems of the post-independence periodâcoups, civil wars, struggles against oppressive regimes, economic problems of post-independence, of cultural renaissance, and of links to movements in diaspora. Immanuel Wallerstein, Walter Turner and Will Grant. Recorded Sept. 24, 2008 at CounterPULSE, part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series. Topics: Africa, colonialism, decolonization, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Congo, independence,...
Hugh will present a slideshow of his diverse body of work, ranging from rock posters to anti-war flyers to original paintings, and talk about the ways his politics have informed his artâand vice versa. Recorded October 17, 2007 as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. Topics: art, politics, bicycling, copyright, copyleft, commons, illustration
Established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of North Mission residents, the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was directly inspired by the mural cluster in Balmy Alley focused on Central American social struggles. Over the past two decades artists of all ages and levels of experience representing every social and ethnic group have created over 350 pieces on this one block street. Fresh from celebrating 20 years at the Clarion Alley Block Party on October 20th, CAMP collective members will... Topics: alleys, murals, art, politics, volunteerism, gentrification, cooptation
A conversation about network forms of work and their relationship to capitalism, business, and alternative ways of producing our world. Panel Moderator is Michael Whitson Panel: Shereef Bishay of Better Means, Chris Carlsson of Nowtopia, Gordon Edgar (Life on the Wedge), member of Rainbow Grocery Workers' Cooperative. Topics: Work, networks, open source, internet, Nowtopia, coops, collectives, markets, money, incentives,...
We present another night of Conscious Youth Media Crew's latest collection of films by youth, "Reel Hood Heroes", chronicles the lives of everyday heroes who work to create a brighter future for the young people in our San Francisco and Bay Area communities. Conscious Youth Media Crew encourages youth to become life-long learners and positive, productive community members. Through our unique San Francisco-based digital multimedia training program, youth participants learn multimedia... Topics: Mission, youth, video, Hunter's Point, Bayview, South of Market, United Playaz, Carecen, Violence...
North Beach hair stylist Joe Jachetta, interviewed by Audrey Tomaselli of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers oral history project, talks about how folks in his building kept things cold before refrigerators. Topics: cooling, North Beach, Italians, before refrigerators
Join us for an information and strategies session on the subject of the upcoming US Social Forum, to be held in Detroit in June.Â Discussion will include a brief history of the Social Forums and a discussion of the role and uses of the US Social Forum in particular by members of groups from the Bay Area planning to participate.Â California Student Movement politics will also be in the mix. Moderator: Kathy Wallerstein. Student Movement: Zhivka Valiavicharska; Friendly Fire Collective: David... Topics: Social Forum, World Social Forum, Detroit, student movement, UC, CSU, Community Colleges,...
Mat Callahan and Lincoln Cushing present an incredible slide show of dozens of rock and political posters from the 1960s and1970s, discussing the role of music and art in the politics of the era, and the way the commercial culture worked to co-opt and reintegrate that burst of creativity into the demands of consumer capitalism. Topics: Rock, posters, art, Bill Graham, KMPX, KSAN, politics, festival, rock concerts, capitalism
A talk on the coloniality of power and knowledge, transmodernity, border knowledge, indigenous socialism and the socialization of power, solidarity economies, and other contemporary practices, theories and radical political alternatives emerging from the Global South. The panelists will discuss autonomous self-activity in Venezuela, Amazonian social forums, poly-culturality, global indigenous movements, the conditions and politics of knowledge production during the early colonization of the... Topics: Indigenous movements, theory, exteriority, mestizo, anti-colonialism, socialism, modernism
Schoultzâs distinctive murals full of strange animals, twisting buildings and floating birdhouses caught the angst of modern life. Lately heâs gone to a surrealistic sea and weâll get a full look at his work and hear what he says about it tonight. Recorded January 16, 2008, one of Shaping San Francisco's Talks at CounterPULSE. Topics: art, politics, murals, community
What do people really know about the history and culture of the Philippines? How does a history fraught with war, Spanish colonization, American imperialism, historical erasure, and racism affect the ways Filipinos perceive and experience the body? Join CounterPULSE as we continue to celebrate Performing Diaspora with this panel, bringing you artist-scholars working around Filipino history, decolonization and the creation of cultural forms. The speakers will address transnational and shifting... Topics: Philippines, Filipino, Filipino-American, Philippine-American War, Philippine-U.S. War,...
"Money: A Comedy with Music" is a satiric portrayal of an economically troubled society in which an American banker tries to explain how money works. The new play written in 2010 in San Francisco moves from Brazil to New York, from scenes of wealth to scenes of bankruptcy, accompanied by cabaret songs, chicanery and financial chaos. Developed this year, but indebted to the Living Newspapers of the Federal Theatre Project from the 1930s, "Money" incorporates puppetry, film... Topics: 1937, money, economics, comedy, musical, Federal Theater Project, WPA, Depression, derivatives
Part 4 of the Future of Education talk, featuring audience-led dialogue with Will Grant, Lisa Schiff, Ken Tray, and Karen Allen. Topic: San Francisco, public schools, literacy, adult education, parents, homeschooling, religion,...
Considering urbanization as a global crisis/an opportunity. Understanding the restorative, regenerative, and imaginative possibilities of a new integration of urban and rural through local agriculture, human-powered transport (e.g. walking, biking), etc. Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 with Peter Berg (Planet Drum Foundation), Miya Yoshitani (Asian Pacific Environmental Network), Jason Mark (Earth Island Journal, Alemany Farm) at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St (at 9th), SF part of the Shaping San... Topics: Nature, Cities, urban, rural, native species, habitat, restoration, balance